By Bert Kinzey, Rock Roszak
The popular aspect & Scale sequence maintains with the most recent name, F9F Cougar intimately & Scale, overlaying the advance, heritage, colour schemes, markings, and information of 1 of the USA Navy’s first operational swept wing jet warring parties. over the last 35 years, element & Scale has released six monographs, sixty nine complete sized volumes, and, previous this 12 months, its first digital-only e-book, F3H Demon intimately & Scale. The electronic element & Scale sequence now keeps with F9F Cougar intimately & Scale, the main finished and specific booklet ever released in this iconic plane from the Grumman Ironworks.
F9F Cougar intimately & Scale keeps the sequence specialize in particular plane information, together with cockpit, fuselage, wings, touchdown equipment, engine and armament, however it contains much more. It encompasses a targeted examine the developmental historical past of the F9F Cougar, that starts off with the prototypes, and keeps with the F9F-6 in either fighter and photo-reconnaissance models, and the F9F-7 Allison-engined variation. ultimately, it covers the final word F9F-8 version in its fighter, assault, and photo-reconnaissance models, in addition to the two-seat F9F-8T. This plane, consequently special because the TF-9J, stuffed a coaching position with the military until eventually the mid-1970s, and used to be the single model of the Cougar to determine strive against while the Marines used the airplane within the quick FAC position in Vietnam.
A complete pilots’ record is incorporated, that includes memories from 5 Naval aviators who flew each Cougar version. The airplane info bankruptcy, lengthy the hallmark of the element & Scale sequence, covers the cockpit, windscreen and cover, inner armament, fuselage, wings, pylons & exterior shops, touchdown equipment, tail and engine assemblies. This bankruptcy by myself comprises greater than a hundred thirty images, regularly in colour, that spotlight each element of this crucial aircraft.
Another bankruptcy covers all the paint schemes featured on Cougars as they have been flown by means of the military and Marines, together with a bit on drone and drone controller airplane. this can be by means of a complete, 10-section bankruptcy on army and Marine squadrons that flew all variations of the Cougar in the course of its operational carrier. ultimately, as with any books within the element & Scale sequence, a close examine the entire scale version kits which were published of the Cougar is gifted, together with a preview of the 2 new F9F kits being published via the Kitty Hawk Modeling corporation in 2014.
F9F Cougar intimately & Scale good points greater than 70,000 phrases of textual content, over four hundred pages, greater than 530 pictures, colour aspect drawings, and forty three complete colour airplane profiles which literally depict the Cougar in various colourful schemes.